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Vets are left baffled by cat's incredible weight

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A fat cat has become a social media star thanks to her plus-size figure. But she only eats a modest amount of food, and vets can't figure out how she piled on the pounds!

By Ashley Murphy

Published on the 23/05/2021, 18:00, Updated on the 03/06/2021, 16:05

There's a lot to love about Swayze, the five-year-old American Shorthair cat from Northern Georgia, US. And we mean that quite literally. And that's because Swayze tips the scales at a massive 16.8lbs (1.2stone).

That's almost double the weight of your average household kitty. But does Swayze care? Not really! In fact, she owns who she is 100%. 

Swayze the social media star

And Swayze's zero-f's attitude has attracted an army of fans who can't get enough of this confident kitty. She's even featured in several newspapers and recently appeared on a local TV station.  And she's just launched her own merch line.

But Swayze saves her best work for the gram! She's got over 30k followers, who leave thousands of likes and comments on Swayze's cute posts. 

Swayze is surprisingly active for a bigger feline. But most of the pics show Swayze stretched out in complete kitty comfort. And she's 'purr-fected' that 'draw me like one of your French girls' pose.


A post shared by Swayze Nelson (@swayzebegs)

Abbe Nelson is Swazye's cat mum, and she's got no idea why her beloved fur baby is so big. Swayze eats a regular amount of food, and a recent check-up shows she's in excellent health.

Vets are also baffled by Swayze's unusual metabolism. They've tried special diets and medication to bring her weight down, but nothing seems to work. They haven't given up, though. Swayze is due for some more tests soon. 

Swayze is an exception to the rule

We fully support body positivity. Because beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. But despite being a happy cat who is clearly loving life, Swayze is the exception, not the rule.

Obesity is bad for people and pets. It leads to serious health problems that can significantly reduce life expectancy. So managing your pet's weight is an essential part of keeping them healthy and happy.


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